Posts Tagged ‘Commentary by Halstead’

January 23rd, 2016 - 12:13 pm § in Misc.

Halstead: An Objective View of Global Warming

My impressions: The announcement of 5-year periodic UN-sponsored political meetings on  climate change [in the spirit of the similar IPCC scientific process]  may be the principal beneficial outcome of the COP process. Oddly, too much time was spent on limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 d[...]

March 24th, 2015 - 12:03 pm § in Misc.

Climate Change

“Cosmic Rays, Solar Forcing, and 20th Century Climate Change” A talk to the Physics Dept, UW, March 15th, 2015, by Dr. Nir J. Shaviv, of the Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew Univ. Jerusalem. This review by hh Dr. Shaviv delivered a spirited talk to the Physics/Astronomy/Atm.Sci. commun[...]

January 14th, 2015 - 1:58 am § in America, Environment

BREAKING NEWS: Methane Hot Spots Over the US

 Breaking News that on natural gas, as a “transition fuel” between coal-oil and wind-solar. The NASA website shows a remarkable image displayed from measurements by an European satellite, showing hot-spots of atmospheric methane in the atmosphere above the US. Note the large atmospheric[...]

October 9th, 2014 - 8:32 am § in The Ave Scene

Planets, Planets, more Planets

“M-Dwarf Planet Multiplicity” A talk by Dr. Sarah Ballard UW, October 7th, 2014 —– It’s time again for ‘Astrobiology’ lectures , this one by Dr. Sarah Ballard, who holds a ‘Carl Sagan Fellowship’ at UW.  She spoke well, rapidly and informatively[...]

May 13th, 2014 - 11:34 am § in Misc.

Global Warming

“Are Extreme Events ‘Teachable Moments?'” a talk by Prof. Michael Wallace, Atmospheric Sciences May 9th, 2014.  This review by hh. Mike is a much honored meteorologist and climate scientist, a member of our National Academy of Sciences who is noted in part for discovering and docu[...]

February 26th, 2013 - 10:36 am § in Misc.

Commentary by Harrison: Hurricane Sandy

Prof Jennifer Francis gave last Friday’s Colloquium talk at UW, discussing possible physical connections between Arctic Warming and mid-latitude extreme weather: Hurricane Sandy, and all that. Presently at Rutgers University, Francis earned her PhD at UW in 1995 [I think], working with Cliff M[...]

January 6th, 2013 - 4:47 pm § in Christianity, Misc.

A Search For The Messiah

So far, the earliest Jewish reference to the Messiah that I’ve found reads “The Messiah exalted by the First Isaiah (c. 740-700 BCE) had been specifically the young king of Judah of that time, Hezekiah (727-698 BCE).”  As this was well before Plato [428-348 BCE], who briefly specu[...]

November 19th, 2012 - 12:36 pm § in Misc.


Friends, Excuse, I hope, this chain letter advocating modifying the Senate rules permitting unchecked filibusters and single-senator holds on Presidential appointments.  Sign it, if you will, at For more on the subject …  Elizabeth Warren at Huff Pos[...]

September 26th, 2012 - 11:29 am § in Misc.

Commentary by Halstead: Climate Change

cloud/temperature feedbacks Professor Roger Davies, University of Auckland, NZ gave a talk yesterday describing satellite [*] global measurements of cloud coverage, cloud heights, liquid water content,and reflectivities for a dozen years since ~2000 [**], and their effects on temperatures at the sur[...]

September 7th, 2012 - 7:45 am § in America, Hypocrisy, Politics

Commentary by Halstead: The Speeches

The two recent conventions prompt me to think about speeches: Lincoln’s of course.  And Bryan’s ‘Cross of Gold’: one of the very few which actually swayed a hostile crowd to a prompt consensus. Soon regretted. The theory of parliaments has it that a group of people with open[...]